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In the treatment of nasal hypertrophies, it not infrequently is found advisable to remove a portion or all of the middle turbinate, either to restore free nasal respiration or to obtain unobstructed sinus drainage. To accomplish this, I have found the instruments usually employed defective, as they are apt to damage the openings into the ethmoidal cells, thereby interfering with their proper drainage.
Seeing the advantage of an instrument with which a portion or all of the turbinate may be removed by a clean section through all the tissues—mucous ane and bone—I have devised the shears herewith illustrated. The shaft and handles are placed at such an angle as not to interfere with observation, while the shears are placed at the angle best adapted to follow the line of attachment of the middle turbinate.
I have used these shears for some time, the operations being done quickly and without pain
WATSON CM. NASAL SCISSORS FOR OPERATING ON THE MIDDLE TURBINATE.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(2):140. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220280052002e